DAY 13 29July 2017 Kwelera Estuary Walk


A remnant Stone-age tool found on site has found a home in the top of the bamboo standpipe; the three facets on the tool are typical of this area.

Building the retaining wall behind the Yin pool was a jigsaw-puzzle of large and small boulders. We used the geotextile to prevent soil slipping out which worked well and later will plant ferns in the cracks. The pool got its final coat of waterproofing.


The basalt 'Mother' stone before polishing. The red colour is the reflection of my overalls on the wet stone.

We divined the position of the 'Mother' stone we picked up off the beach, it turns out to be at the overflow position of the Yin pool. George then showed me how to polish it using whet stones, which is long slow process but can be finished off with a mechanical buffer.

We all go out to lunch at a nursery that grows roses - I choose very delicious fish and chips.


Delicious hake, calamari and chips

Then a visit to artist Margery Bradfield, whose large drawings look like energy or geomancy maps, but she explains they are actually prayers for communities or people. They start with a single central dot and then friends and visitors are invited to make a mark; the ensuing drawings unfold as circuits and meanderings of relationships between dots encircled by tiny lettering. 


Walking with Gabby on the salt-marshes

Margery lives in a cottage with a dachshund called Gabby above the Kwelera Estuary. We walk to the beach and along the salt-marsh to the sea, with Fish Eagles, Osprey and Long Crested Eagles flying overhead and small hermit crabs, carrying a variety of shells scurrying in the pools at our feet. 


Kwelera Estuary Panorama


Walking along the Estuary with Claire, Anna and Gabby the dachshund.

After cups of tea it's home for some more basalt polishing. Then supper, blog and bed.


Drawing by Margery Bradfield at Driftwood Studios. It hangs in my bedroom.